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Lionheart392
05-18-2009, 04:55 PM
I thought it'd be fun to see everyone's favourite slam victory by a player who'd gone without winning one for a while. Or if you personally weren't a fan of that player, maybe the most impressive rather than your favourite. I think personally I'd pick Graf's French Open win in 1999. Others that spring to my mind are Navratilova at Wimbledon in 1990, Sampras at the 2002 US Open and Venus Williams at Wimbledon in 2005.

timnz
05-18-2009, 05:12 PM
5 years since his last Grand Slam.

1996 was when he reached his peak form (according to his own reckoning). He was unlucky to injure his wrist early at Wimbledon because I believe he would have won it that year as Sampras lost early as well. If that hadn't happened I think he would have been competing for number 1 that year. Australian Open win + indoor season late in the year saw peak form Becker.

Kemitak
05-18-2009, 05:27 PM
Ivanisevic over Rafter at Wimbledon in 2001, maybe. (It would have been great to see Rafter win that one too.)

gj011
05-18-2009, 05:31 PM
Seles AO 1996.

Lionheart392
05-18-2009, 05:35 PM
Seles AO 1996.

She had also never lost at that tournament at the time I believe :)

BTURNER
05-18-2009, 05:39 PM
Evert over Navratilova '85 RG. It had been a long time since she gotten a big one over her rival. Match was full of tension and drama, shotmaking was great, tactics were well thought through. Now it doesn't quite fit your bill, sh'ed just won the Australian over sukova. Still.

Lionheart392
05-18-2009, 05:46 PM
Evert over Navratilova '85 RG. It had been a long time since she gotten a big one over her rival. Match was full of tension and drama, shotmaking was great, tactics were well thought through. Now it doesn't quite fit your bill, sh'ed just won the Australian over sukova. Still.

I'd also thought of this one. Although it wasn't a slam drought per se, it was a drought of slam final victories over Martina, which in Chris's mind was just as, if not more satisfying.

Arafel
05-18-2009, 08:18 PM
Connors Wimbledon title in 82. He hadn't won Wimbledon since 74, and hadn't won a Slam since the 78 U.S. Open. In addition, he had lost in the finals in 75, 77 and 78 at Wimbledon, and the semis in 79-81. He was 30, and everyone had written him off as irrelevant in the age of McEnroe and Lendl, yet he triumphed. It was an amazing final to watch.

CEvertFan
05-18-2009, 10:44 PM
For me it's Navratilova winning her 9th Wimbledon, Graf winning one last time in 1999 and Connors winning Wimbledon in '82 when everyone thought he was past his prime and no longer a contender.

Honorable mentions to Seles winning the AO as her first (and only as it turned out) Slam title since the stabbing, Evert winning the FO in '85 over her greatest nemesis and Sampras winning the US Open for his record 14th major.

CEvertFan
05-18-2009, 10:46 PM
Ivanisevic over Rafter at Wimbledon in 2001, maybe. (It would have been great to see Rafter win that one too.)

You can't really include Ivanisevic because he had never won a major before this win. It was a good one though, but doesn't really fit the criteria.

DunlopDood
05-18-2009, 10:53 PM
I can't believe no one mentioned Agassi winning in paris in 1999, completing the career slam. All this after a 5 year majour drought and dropping down to 172 or something. That must have been quite satisfying.

Shaolin
05-18-2009, 11:00 PM
Safin 2005

Ivanisevic 2001 (F the criteria!)

pc1
05-19-2009, 04:22 AM
Safin 2005

Ivanisevic 2001 (F the criteria!)

I'd go with Goran.

rod99
05-19-2009, 04:36 AM
I can't believe no one mentioned Agassi winning in paris in 1999, completing the career slam. All this after a 5 year majour drought and dropping down to 172 or something. That must have been quite satisfying.

exactly. he went from #1 in the world in 1995 to #141 just 1.5 years before he won the french. plus, he was just coming off a divorce and a shoulder injury which almost forced him to miss the french all together.

THESEXPISTOL
05-19-2009, 05:10 AM
goran 2001

pc1
05-19-2009, 05:50 AM
goran 2001

The thing I enjoyed about the Goran victory at Wimbledon was the great joy he exhibited after he won. I know almost everyone is happy after a Wimbledon victory but this was unique. Also Goran was blocked by some super players over the years there like Sampras and Agassi. You combine that with the fact he was unseeded and he was at the end of his excellent career and it was really special. There are players I have liked better than Goran but I was touched by that win.

THESEXPISTOL
05-19-2009, 07:30 AM
The thing I enjoyed about the Goran victory at Wimbledon was the great joy he exhibited after he won. I know almost everyone is happy after a Wimbledon victory but this was unique. Also Goran was blocked by some super players over the years there like Sampras and Agassi. You combine that with the fact he was unseeded and he was at the end of his excellent career and it was really special. There are players I have liked better than Goran but I was touched by that win.

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